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Learning from Philadelphia
Mon 20 May @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST£10
Philadelphia is the world’s leader in urban regeneration through horticulture. On the evening of Monday 20th May we will welcome Matt Rader, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to tell us how their annual spring show, begun in 1829 by gentleman farmers, drove the re-greening a city. In the 1970s, the Society decided to invest proceeds from the show into the city on the doorstep at a period of industrial decline and social change.
Matt will show us how since then the Society has turned more than 12,000 vacant lots into green spaces and community gardens, planted over half a million trees, created jobs for ex-offenders, and engaged community organisations – from churches to drug rehabilitation programmes – all fueled by proceeds of an annual floral extravaganza and generous public and private support.
Matt will give a presentation followed by a Q&A chaired by Christopher Woodward, Garden Museum Director, who writes:
‘I’ve wanted to learn more about Philadelphia ever since interviewing Matt and his colleagues for the Financial Times. At first it seemed to good to be true. Can a Flower Show really transform a city? Yes, it can. At a time when Councils have less and less money for parks, Philadelphia is an inspiration. There is nothing like Philadelphia’s story in Britain, or Europe. Matt Rader, an expert in urban development, is over for the Chelsea Flower Show and we’re lucky to have grabbed him for Monday night’.
Please note that this event is ticketed – please book your tickets here.
Supported by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.
- London postcode (first part)
- SE1 7LB
- London Borough
- Detailed directions to the venue
- The Garden Museum is next door to Lambeth Palace, sitting on the bank of the Thames looking across to Parliament. We are a ten minute walk from Vauxhall, Westminster and Lambeth North stations.
- Project contact name at the venue
- Robert Gordon
- Nearest tube station / rail station